Paula Cravens explores acrylic painting, mixed media, collage and the meaning of the universe
Sunday, June 3, 2012
They're Back! --Cowichan Sweaters
Cowichan sweaters were the rage back in the 1970's and '80s. I worked mine up in White Buffalo wool which carried many popular patterns. White Buffalo sweaters were "in the Cowichan style sweaters". They satisfied the knitters need to make the popular item but they are far removed from the original item. I want to make another one and I am desperately searching for the article "A royal Pair, Knit the Cowichans that Charles and Diana wear" circa 1981-2 Canadian Living Magazine. They carried a lovely pullover pattern that I would like to get my hands on. (There is one shown on the Ravelry.com website, but it is alas, missing crucial information.) If you can help me out, please email or leave a comment.
There is no thing like the real deal though. The Coast Salish women developed the concept of the cowichan sweater and still create remarkable sweaters to this day. There is a great documentary: http://www.onf-nfb.gc.ca/eng/collection/film/?id=33968
The story of the Coast Salish Knitters
Sylvia Olsen has written a wonderful book "Working with Wool" which also tells the tale of the fabulous sweaters.
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